Foo Fighters Guitarist to “Go Country”
Foo Fighters guitarist Chris Shiflett has decided to take his passion for Wilco and country/hipster fusion duds to the next level and be this week’s personality to “Go Country.” His new “country” band called The Dead Peasants will release a self-titled album on July 12th. Just like all others before him, Shiflett makes the announcement pleading his case as a long time country fan. From Spinner:
“One of my favorite kinds of music is old country and old rockabilly and modern Americana like Son Volt, Wilco and Ryan Adams, I love all that stuff.”
That list of bands smells very similar to the bands listed as influences in the Peter Buck/Gary Lightbody aka Snow Patrol/REM country project, meaning bands that might have some country influences, but really don’t call their music country themselves.
If you’re into wasting time, you can listen to the single for the album “Get Along” HERE, and hear for yourself how “country” this project really is.
Honestly, I have no problem with Chris Shiflett or The Foo Fighters or Wilco or any of it, but I’m spying a trend. Just as it became hip for Hollywood types and fading pop stars to “Go Country,” now it is becoming hip in the indie rock scene, and the term “country” gets diluted further. Like Cathy of the Reinstate Hank Bandwagon once famously said:
When will Nashville “Go Country?”
June 22, 2010 @ 11:51 pm
that song is fucking boring bullshit! and that steel guitar doesn’t make it better. it’s still pop rock or pop country crap…
June 23, 2010 @ 12:38 am
I made it all of 22 seconds into it. The song starts out like it’s the theme song for a mid 90’s talkshow. And then it just gets fucking worse.
Martin Luther Presley
June 23, 2010 @ 2:07 am
OMG HE’S LIKE TEH NEW HANK WILLIAMS!!!11 XOXOXO
David Lee Rebel Without
June 23, 2010 @ 4:47 am
Fuulk the foo fighters. The trend started with the white stripes huh
June 23, 2010 @ 5:22 am
I BELIEVE WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE IS FOR YOU AND A FEW MORE TO GET TOGETHER AND MAKE A LIST NO MATTER HOW LONG OF THE REAL COUNTRY ARTISTS WE ARE GOING TO SUPPORT AS A REFERENCE..ANYONE ELSE WHO WANTS TO BE COUNTRY AND GET OUR SUPPORT HAS TO PAY A PHENOMONAL AMOUNT OF MONEY TO SCM,WHORE OUT THEIR DAUGHTERS TO THE HUNDREDS OF GUYS ON THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS..IF YOU ARE A FEMALE ARTISTS THEY WOULD NEED TO FUCK EVERY MAN AND LICK EVERY WOMAN IN THE ASSOCIATION AND ON THE LIST TO BE ABLE TO CALL THEIRSELVES COUNTRY..THIS WOULD PUT A STOP TO ALL THESE PEOPLE DECIDING TO GO COUNTRY..SET THEM UP FOR A FALL..I DON’T EVEN OWN A GARAGE,YOU CAN CALL HOME AND ASK MY WIFE..I GOT A FEW OL BOYS WHO WERE IN PRISON SO LONG THEY HAD JUST AS SOON HAVE A MAN AS A WOMAN WE CAN USE ON GUYS LIKE KID ROCK AND I WILL PERSONALLY HELP OUT THE ONES WHO LOOK LIKE DOLLY,YOU GET THE IDEA..I WANT YOU TO PERSONALLY WORK ON THIS PROJECT..THIS GOD DAMN SHIT AIN’T NEVER GONNA STOP IF EXTREME MEASURES ARE NOT TAKEN NOW!!!HELP SAVE COUNTRY MUSIC FROM ALL THESE FAGGOTTS AND QUEERS CALLING THEIR SELF COUNTRY MUSIC ARTISTS..
June 23, 2010 @ 6:20 am
“If you”™re into wasting time” – Ha!
(by the way I didn’t waste my time.. all I have to hear is ‘sounds like Wilco’ and I’m out.)
June 23, 2010 @ 6:49 am
Hi Trigger Man!
Just wanted to say Thanks for all you do in fighting the battle to save real country music. The country music scene just has to turn around again – and good people like you are going to make it happen. Thanks for all of your reviews and posts … they are the only info worth reading anymore concerning country music. Your passion and efforts for the music are truly appreciated. Take care, Deb
June 23, 2010 @ 8:00 am
Bullshit. That’s not country. That’s pop with a steel guitar.
June 23, 2010 @ 8:23 am
i’ll give anyone a chance but that song sucked in new kind of ways only a few of these albums are any good like Elvis Costello’s secrets profane & sugarcane and a and a few of the old punk’s albums like john doe & others
June 23, 2010 @ 8:56 am
Sounds like something Bon Jovi would have done in the mid 90’s. I’ve heard worse, but I’ve heard way better.
June 23, 2010 @ 9:20 am
Sheesh, hit the hay with no comments. Wake up and there’s 10.
Owen – First thing I thought about when listening to that song was the theme song of “Friends”
David Lee- You very well might be right, keen observation. But I’ll take Jack White over these knuckleheads any day. There’s a reason Loretta Lynn and Wanda Jackson begged him to produce their albums. Because he’s got a true understanding and appreciation of classic country.
Bandana- You’re always thinking.
Heinrich and Kocis – The steel doesn’t even come in till the very end. It makes me hate it even more that they included a steel guitar.
June 23, 2010 @ 11:12 am
Agreed. Jack White IS a different story. I liked that, kocis . . . Pop with a steel guitar (perfect description).
It’s the Nashville bandwagon, jump on, give it a shot, if it don’t work out, blame it on the yahoots that don’t know what real music (or money music) might just sound like. Ha! Case in point, Miley Cyrus trashing country music because even her chart crossing didn’t pan out. When they gonna get it? Country music shouldn’t be something you think you’re gonna TRY cuz you’ve always loved Johnny Cash . . .and hey, country music is in the hearts and souls of Americana, like apple pie and dear old ma. Oh hey, throw in a fiddle why you’re at it and we’ll all hoot and holler with you, cuz, you know, country music sells, sells, sells.
June 23, 2010 @ 11:22 am
Miley Cyrus is trashing herself at this point. She’s her own worst enemy. Disney went for one last cash grab with her, and now its blowing up in their face.
These people aren’t even citing Johnny Cash as an influence, but Calexico and Son Volt. That’s like saying you’ve always liked rap because you like Aerosmith.
June 23, 2010 @ 11:41 am
yeah jack white it’s a little different that loretta lynn album was pretty good he has never said he plays country but respects it
June 23, 2010 @ 5:00 pm
I’ve thought the Foo Fighters sucked since high school, and I’m not into wasting time (ha!), so I’ll skip the song. From what folks are saying here I made the right decision! I’m not that in to Jack White, but I do have respect for him as a guitarist. The music he did for “Cold Mountain” was the best part of the movie, and that Loretta Lynn album is pretty damn good. Not terribly relevant, but Calexico sucks also!
David Lee Rebel Without
June 25, 2010 @ 1:07 am
Why do mainstream artists always cite the most mediocre ppl as influences? I guess Wilco are the gods of geek-country.Naming III as an influence would make them look bad among their emo peers.
I Am Very Cute
June 26, 2010 @ 7:55 am
i don’t think this will hit Nashville either…
And Wilco and Ryan Adams never call themselves country artists. The fans did. Alt-country maybe but never as Country as in pure country…
No Depression will probably label this as roots rock or indie pop or indie rock with country strokes or something like that…
me personally if i have a radio station i would probably spin music by Lucky, Hank (all of them),Wayne,and Joey, Louvin Brothers, Waylon, Johnny Cash, The Derailers, Alan Jackson, along with Those Poor Bastards, Joe Buck, Reverend Horton Heat to The White Stripes, The Black Keys, Mumford and Sons, down to Noah and the Whale, Conor Oberst to Wilco, Ryan Adams, all the way to the more well known Rob Thomas, John Mayer, Bruce Springsteen, Willie Nelson, Kenny Chesney, and Garth Brooks and the likes… and even some Trashcan Sinatras, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Midlake, and The Chemical Brothers.. 🙂
I love them all personally. 🙂
I have no problem with this song (because i love almost all kinds of music except those obvious stupid shit like Lady Gaga or Miley Cyrus or Nickelback and the likes)
June 27, 2010 @ 3:43 am
Reading all the replies I’ve decided not to waste my time. I remember a quote of Steve Earle: “if Garth Brooks is a country artist then I hope to God I’m not”.
October 15, 2010 @ 8:40 pm
alt country is not country. at all.